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What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterised by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding difficulties.

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First Steps

The first steps in meeting the needs of learners is to correctly identify the difficulty in the first place.

The dyslexic learner requires a particular approach to be adopted by teachers and their parents to ensure that learning and progress takes place.

The assessment process


Research into dyslexia has gathered momentum over the last fifteen to twenty years and so there are a great many younger and older adults whose difficulties may have gone unnoticed whilst going through the educational system leaving perhaps a great deal of misunderstanding and possible frustration over the years.

My service offers this first step in gaining that understanding by providing a full diagnostic assessment of needs. The assessment also involves the identification of strategies to overcome the specific difficulties and explaining how these difficulties are often balanced by some surprising strengths and how to optimise these strengths.

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Recommended Viewing

Left from Write by Feargal ó Lideadha from Left From Write ( has allowed permission for his documentary video to be displayed on this site.

To view the full 45 minute documentary Left from Write - what is Dyslexia ?, please click here. This tells the personal story of discovery of the narrator and combines interviews with dyslexics and experts. It gives a fascinating insight into the advantages that go along with being dyslexic. 

'Left from write' gives a very good overview of dyslexia. It recognises the strengths that people with dyslexia can have, while also acknowledging the challenges it can pose in education, work and life. It gives a very positive and balanced message about dyslexia.


Rosie Bissett, Director/CEO Dyslexia Association of Ireland



"Stop Climbing, Start Swimming: The hidden advantages of dyslexia", a TED Talk by Jonathan Buchanan.

Recommended Reading

"The dyslexic advantage - Unlocking the hidden potential of the dyslexic brain" - Dr Brock L. Eide & Dr Fernette F. Eide

ISBN 978-1-84850-639-8

HayHouse publishers